Since the church building was destroyed in the insurgency of 2014, a temporary building sits in its place…tree-trunks for posts, rough-cut timbers for rafters, cinder block gable ends, plastic chairs and wooden benches accommodate a congregation of over 700. On the floor behind the speakers’ seats is a nest of chicken eggs just days from hatching, and a lizard is visible underneath the plexiglass lecturn.
On Sunday morning, May 28, we celebrated worship with the congregation at E.Y.N. No. 2 Mubi. In spite of the violence they have suffered and the damage that was incurred, the congregation was overflowing and the spirit and the weather were warm! The almost three-hour service included dynamic singing by six choirs accompanied by drums and a variety of instruments, congregational singing, numerous announcements, a detailed financial report, collection of offerings twice (tithes and building fund), introduction and dedication of the new youth membership class, reception of new members, and many, many prayers, including prayers for a bumper harvest from the crops being planted. Dave was asked to give a greeting and pray, and I was honored to preach.
In the churchyard outside the temporary building, a new one is underway – the walls are going up as the funds come in. They were pleased to share that they had qualified for one of twenty $5000. grants from the CoB U.S.
Before the day was over, we had visited several more church buildings in the Mubi area alone that had been burned by the insurgency. All are now rebuilding with great anticipation! These lovely resilient people are full of hope as they “press on.”
A few more highlights of the last two weeks:
Bringing greetings from U.S. to pastor training event at E.Y.N. Conference Center.
Dave presenting the keys to the second tractor (for use in the Kwarhi area) on behalf of the CoB U.S.) to E.Y.N. President Joel Billi.
Dinner with E.Y.N. leadership and presenting the E’town banner to Brother Joel.
Demonstrating popping corn at E.Y.N. Headquarters.
Dinner and discussion with Kulp Bible College leadership – hosted by KBC President Dauda Gava.
Hanging with new friends at the C.oB. house at K.B.C.
We miss those who are absent from us and pray for you daily! Much love from Nigeria!
Pam & Dave Reist